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Preview: Bristol City v Burnley

28 August 2015

Burnley head to Bristol City looking to build on their first Sky Bet Championship victory of the season.

The Clarets overcame Brentford with a solitary Michael Keane goal at Turf Moor last Saturday and will be further boosted by the signings of Andre Gray and Joey Barton.

Bristol City also emerged victorious from their last Championship outing, registering a 1-0 away victory against Middlesbrough.

Joe Bryan’s ninth minute strike was enough for former Claret Steve Cotterill’s side to gain three points as Ben Hamer produced a series of stunning saves to preserve the advantage.

Bristol City: LLLDW

Burnley: DLDLW

Summer signing Jonathan Kodjia is the man to watch out for on Saturday afternoon at Ashton Gate. 

The 25-year-old, signed from Angers SCO, netted 15 goals in 29 appearances in Ligue 2 last season to help the side to the top-flight and will be hoping to replicate that form in England’s second tier.

He picked up the Ligue 2 Player of the Year award last term and has already registered his first goal for the Robins in the 2-4 defeat to Brentford.

Burnley 3-1 Bristol City (Shackell 52’, McCann 61’, Paterson 90’)

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Long, Shackell, Mills, Wallace (Ings 90 +1:12), Marney, McCann, Austin, Vokes (Paterson 84), Stanislas

Subs not used: Jensen, Lafferty, Edgar, Kacaniklic, Bartley

Bristol C: Heaton, Moloney, Bates, Fontaine, Cunningham, Adomah, Elliott, Kelly (Kilkenny 78), Pearson (Howard 84), Anderson, Davies

Subs not used: Gerken, Foster, Wilson, Carey, Wilson

Attendance: 11,539 Referee: James Adcock

Matt Lowton is set for a return to action during the international break.

And boss Sean Dyche has also revealed that long-term injured duo Dean Marney and Kevin Long have now resumed full training with the first team as they near the end of their rehabilitation.

Fredrik Ulvestad remains sidelined with the ankle injury he sustained in the final pre-season game against Bradford City.

New signing Andre Gray is also available for selection, but the game may come too soon for Joey Barton who signed for the Clarets yesterday evening.

Mike Dean will take charge of the Clarets’ Sky Bet Championship fixture away at Bristol City on Saturday, August 29 (3pm kick-off)

The Wirral official has been in charge of three fixtures so far this season in the Barclays Premier League, issuing 14 yellow cards and no red cards in the process.

In the 2014/15 campaign, he officiated 38 games and produced 158 yellow cards and 8 red cards. Four of those fixtures involved the Clarets, with the most recent being the 0-1 defeat to Arsenal at Turf Moor.

Mr Dean will be assisted by Mr M Wilkes, Mr D Cook and Fourth Official Brendan Malone.

Sean Dyche: “Steve has done a very good job there. People say he had resources last year and this year but he’s still got to make them win so it’s not an easy situation.

“He’s handled that very well. They had a big result last week but we’ll be going down there in good shape ourselves.

“We had a good result last weekend and we probably should have a few more points on the board than we do, but we go in good spirits and motivation.”

Steve Cotterill: ““It was a fantastic result last week and they have been in really good form. It’s been a nice clear week to look forward to a big game against Burnley.

“I enjoyed my time at Burnley. I had a really good chairman – I had a fantastic relationship with Barry Kilby. He was a really special man and I still stay in contact with him from time to time.”

Burnley are Sky Bet's underdogs for their visit to Bristol City (7/5) with the draw available at 23/10. A draw against Leeds and an unexpected victory at Middlesbrough has lifted the Robins off the foot of the Championship table, while the Clarets' win against Brentford last week has helped boost their odds for promotion to 5/1.

Burnley, who have lost only two of their last eight league matches against City, dominated both fixtures when the sides last met in 2013 netting seven times and are 5/1 to win this time with both teams scoring.

New signing Andre Gray is 2/1 to net anytime for the Clarets, while Michael Keane, who netted the only goal last week, is 25/1 to break the deadlock for the second successive week.

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